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Rebel Girls

by Elizabeth Keenan

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Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2019
    432 pages
    Genre: Novels

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When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys - or anyone, for that matter.

Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren't exactly mainstream at St. Ann's, her conservative Catholic high school.

Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.

Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn't matter what Helen did or didn't do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.

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"Echoing the punk-rock feminist movement of the early '90s, debut author Keenan creates a timely narrative that will challenge teens to reflect on their personal values and engage in respectful discourse...A must-read." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Set in the '90s but as timely and relevant as ever, Rebel Girls will make you want to put up the good fight, over and over again. A powerful story of sisterhood told with lots of heart." - Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie

"Captivatingly written, unflinchingly honest, and as timely as it is empowering, Rebel Girls rocks-in true riot grrrl style." - Katie Henry, author of Heretics Anonymous

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Elizabeth Keenan

Elizabeth Keenan lives in New York City with her husband and small colony of well-behaved cats. She has a PhD in punk rock, which is as good/bad/cool as it sounds and resulted in lots of academic publications on punk and indie rock, third wave feminism, and gender and sexuality, including the most-downloaded article of all time at the journal Women and Music (which is both impressive and brought her zero dollars). She has been interviewed as an expert about grunge for CBS, about Riot Grrrl for NPR and Vice, and about third wave feminism for The Establishment. Her first novel, Rebel Girls, will be published in 2019 on Inkyard Press. When she's not writing, she generally spends her time running along the Hudson and helping people navigate the terrifying waters of NYC real estate, because real artists have day jobs.

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